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Started by Hillbilly on Jan 1, 2022 12:39:34 AM
Anachronistic Names for Modern Organizations

We Don't Have Time springs to mind

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TenGorillas - 01 Jan 2022 08:10:49 (#1 of 167)

The NAACP

frantastic - 01 Jan 2022 16:14:16 (#2 of 167)

The 1922 Committee.

JohnIlly - 01 Jan 2022 16:16:57 (#3 of 167)

The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation

upgoerfive - 01 Jan 2022 16:28:15 (#4 of 167)

Distressed Gentlefolk's Aid Association

indlovubill - 01 Jan 2022 16:31:21 (#5 of 167)

Distressed Gentlefolk's Aid Association

Do you have their contact details?

upgoerfive - 01 Jan 2022 16:33:17 (#6 of 167)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elizabeth_Finn_Care

indlovubill - 01 Jan 2022 16:37:31 (#7 of 167)

Thanks but having accessed the link I'm wondering if I would qualify gentlefolk – a British class description for "people of the better sort"

whitbreadtrophy - 01 Jan 2022 16:50:09 (#8 of 167)

I once applied for an office dogsbody job at The Children's Society. I got a reply on notepaper headed The Children's Society (Formerly The Waifs and Strays).

I just checked and the name change came approximately 35 years before this letter.

toffle - 01 Jan 2022 16:52:47 (#9 of 167)

In this context, perhaps these terms may have some meaning that is more precisely defined than it is in general usage?

airynothing - 01 Jan 2022 16:53:51 (#10 of 167)

What used to be the Royal Hospital and Home for Incurables (so cheering as your ambulance turns through the gates) is now the much more reassuring Royal Hospital for Neuro-Disability.

elderberry - 01 Jan 2022 17:14:10 (#11 of 167)

Royal Irish Academy, Royal Irish Academy of Music, Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland, Royal Irish Yacht Club - there are probably others. None of them have actual living Royal personages associated with them.

browserbutton - 01 Jan 2022 17:14:26 (#12 of 167)

Peninsular and Oriental Steam Navigation Company (P & O)

whitbreadtrophy - 01 Jan 2022 17:27:13 (#13 of 167)

The Provincial Incandescent Fittings Company (Pifco)

JohnIlly - 01 Jan 2022 17:43:31 (#14 of 167)

I'm wondering if I would qualify gentlefolk

No. You fucking wouldn't.

Neither would I.

upgoerfive - 01 Jan 2022 20:45:29 (#15 of 167)

Associated Dairies -> Asda

Dementor - 01 Jan 2022 20:51:29 (#16 of 167)

I was very late to learning:

Standard Oil -> S and O -> Esso

indlovubill - 01 Jan 2022 20:54:42 (#17 of 167)

Q8. Oil company or Audi, take your pick.

NightInTGeorgia - 01 Jan 2022 21:47:00 (#18 of 167)

Standard Oil -> S and O -> Esso

Oh….

ReverendBlueJeans - 01 Jan 2022 22:30:03 (#19 of 167)

Society for the Relief of Indigent Gentlewomenstill exists. Can't be bothered searching again but it's got a new name and claims to help people of any background.

Edit - just searched, so I'm made of sterner stuff than I supposed. See www.igf.org

FGBFGB - 01 Jan 2022 22:37:22 (#20 of 167)

#15 a constituent company was Asquith Dairies.

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